head·​gear ˈhed-ˌgir How to pronounce headgear (audio)
: a covering or protective device for the head
: a harness for a horse's head

Examples of headgear in a Sentence

The law requires cyclists to wear protective headgear. Her preferred form of headgear is a big, floppy hat.
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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of headgear was in the 15th century

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“Headgear.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headgear. Accessed 18 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


head·​gear -ˌgi(ə)r How to pronounce headgear (audio)
: a covering (as a hat or helmet) for the head
: harness for a horse's head

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